HIV is a very dangerous disease that can bring about so much harm and damage to the body. So, it is important that it is detected early on so that treatment can be applied. 

The symptoms of HIV

If you believe you have been exposed to the virus, you have to get tested right away. Those that are  experiencing any of the early symptoms below should also undergo an HIV test:

  • Muscle pains
  • Joint pains
  • Lower back pains
  • Physical weakness
  • Headaches
  • Dry throat
  • High fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflammation in the armpit/neck
  • Nausea
  • Appetite loss
  • Sore throat

Complications due to HIV

These symptoms may lead to severe complications if not diagnosed and treated at the earliest opportunity. Here are the most common HIV complications if testing and treatment are delayed or not done right away:

  • AIDS
  • Other STD infections
  • Cancer
  • Inflammation of the lymph nodes
  • Senility
  • Fever
  • Coma
  • Memory loss
  • More weight loss
  • Digestion problems

Those that have undergone HIV testing and receive a positive test result have to receive antiretroviral treatment so that the spread of the virus can be controlled and slowed down.